Roland Flexner
French, born 1944
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2013
Massimo de Carlo at The Armory Show 2013,
Massimo De Carlo
Massimo De Carlo at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013,
Massimo De Carlo
Galerie Nathalie Obadia at Art Basel 2013,
Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Roland Flexner’s delicate works on paper are composed with black ink and soap, according to processes that invite elements of chance and gravity to act on the images. To create the marbleized effects and rich tonal qualities typical of Flexner’s work, he employs a technique based on the ancient Japanese decorative tradition of suminagashi, using ink, or “sumi”, and water; ink is floated on water in a tray and manipulated into shapes, then paper is dipped onto the surface of the water to transfer the image. Flexner can alter the image using a brush, or by blowing the ink before it dries. The resulting works, which could be mistaken for photographs, occupy a space between abstraction and hyperrealism, and evoke complex organic structures. He has also produced “bubble” drawings by blowing ink and soap bubbles through a hollow brush and bursting them onto paper, and graphite drawings of …

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